Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 at 12:00 PM (ET)

Tlacuatzin Son Huasteco image of the perfomers

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Tlacuatzin Son Huasteco is a trio playing the traditional music of Northeastern Mexico, known as Son Huasteco or Huapango music. Son Huasteco music is built around two small guitars, the jarana and the quinta, as well as the violin and the voice. Son Huasteco singing employs a distinctive falsetto style. Improvisation plays a strong role in this music, with each group adding their own lyrics and arrangements to a standard repertoire of songs. The result is acoustic string-band music that is both traditional and contemporary, with direct emotional appeal.

Tlacuatzin Son Huasteco uses their music to showcase the festive spirit of the people, the essence of the countryside. Drawing on the teachings of traditional master musicians and the energy of newer generations, the band has won the hearts of audiences in Europe and North America, at national and international festivals, and at public squares and community gatherings in rural Mexico. They carry with them the traditions of Son Huasteco music, of Carnival and of the Xantolo or "Day of the Dead.” Named after the indigenous word for a small opossum native to their region of Mexico, Tlacuatzin espouses traditional Mexican values, including love for the land, multiculturalism, and respect for the diversity of human beings.

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2022 concerts will stream online, Wednesdays from March - September. Video will also be posted online here and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.